SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A man accused of holding a knife to his brother’s throat has been sentenced to 180 days in County Jail after entering a plea of no contest to false imprisonment.

David Joseph Muracchioli, 41, was accused after a family disturbance in April that escalated into a physical altercation that led to him holding the knife to his brother’s throat on the 4800 block of Estrella Road in Paso Robles. Muracchioli allegedly fled the scene.

His brother, who deputies said was able to take control of the knife, suffered several cuts to his hands, according to Sheriff’s officials.

Muracchioli was sentenced Monday to three years formal probation and participation in a drug treatment program.

A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt; it has the same penal effect as a guilty plea.

— Nick Wilson


The Templeton Unified School District’s school board will rescind four layoff notices given to teachers earlier this year in anticipation of a $1 million district shortfall.

In all, 14 teachers who received pink slips have been rehired by the district.

Four positions may still be eliminated, including a part-time kindergarten teacher.

— AnnMarie Cornejo


A meeting called by a Los Osos developer interested in redeveloping the Oceano County Airport has been rescheduled for June 16 in Grover Beach.

Jeff Edwards has organized monthly meetings to discuss the 58-acre county-owned property, though county officials have said they are not interested in seeing the airport razed and developed.

The meeting will focus on the ecology of the site and will start at 4 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center at 885 S. 13th St.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

The City Council has raised slightly the fees for community garden plots in the city.

The cost will increase by adding a 3-cent-per-square--foot charge to the annual base rate of $24.

The fees will increase the cost from $5 to $10 annually.

There are 70 plots in three San Luis Obispo community gardens where residents can rent space to grow produce and flowers. The gardens are located on Laurel Lane near Fire Station Number 3, in Emerson Park downtown and where Broad Street meets the north side of Highway 101.

The plot sizes vary, with the largest at 26 feet by 30 feet. In all, there is more than 19,000 square feet of space available for public gardening.

An additional 40 garden plots are expected to be ready for gardening by next week — a new garden is being constructed by three local Rotary clubs.

There is a waiting list of 75 gardeners.

— AnnMarie Cornejo